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Old 12-20-2019, 08:01 AM   #1291
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Thanks fred that would be helpful
You have decided that you want to take that car apart and not just polish it up??
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Old 12-20-2019, 10:29 AM   #1292
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I would try the polish first and see if it is ok.
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Old 12-20-2019, 11:18 AM   #1293
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Kenny, I was able to see the picture. Many of the cardboard support piers are visible.
I have a book published in 1996 that has copies of all the Sears toy train Wish Book pages from 1950 through 1967. There are no Gilbert train sets in the Wish Book in 1954. That does not mean none were sold in stores, just that one more source of Sears train history does not help.
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:15 AM   #1294
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Tom I'm glad you at least got see that photo and the trestles shown. As to that book you have listing all Gilbert trains sold by Sears, I am surprised no Gilbert trains are listed. You have managed to destroy a memory I have had all my life, such as it was, lol.
I am, however, certain that the local Sears & Roebuck here back then did have American Flyer trains displayed. Their Christmas toy department display was always pretty elaborate. Then maybe the store sold their own made up sets? I have contacted my brother 2 years younger than me and a cousin who both confirm that that Sears store did indeed sell American Flyer trains along with Lionel. My cousin got a Lionel train set from there the same year as I got my American Flyer set. He still has it today, packed away.
Must have been a local thing maybe?

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Old 12-21-2019, 06:53 AM   #1295
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I can also verify that Sears sold AF trains. As a kid, I remember going to Sears with Mom and Dad, and hustling my butt over to the toy section to see the wall at one section filled with AF trains!!The whole wall had various locos, cars, and accessories. There was also a department store at the local shopping center called "Edwards" which sold clothes, furniture, and nick-nacks. They also had a toy section with Lionel and AF trains. There they had the elusive MP set, sold in 1963-64, #20767, the Eagle..My buddy grabbed it and walked out of the store with it, and he gave it to me as a present!!
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:19 AM   #1296
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One of my childhood friends received an AF set in the early 70's from Sears. I think that's the only department store that was around where we lived back then.
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Old 12-21-2019, 11:23 AM   #1297
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X-mas 1957 I was 5 yrs old. When I awoke 'Santa' had set up a AF train set around the tree. #20305 the 'Flying Freighter'. I've often wondered how many miles its logged since then.
Back in those days my folks bought everything from Sears. It's likely that that set came from Sears but I have no way of telling. I don't remember the boxes. I've been looking at old family pictures, I know there is one around and I'd dearly like to find it.
Of everything I've ever gotten for X-mas this was the best.
I'm hoping our 80 lb puppy leaves it alone once I set it up very soon.
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Old 12-21-2019, 11:34 AM   #1298
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Old 12-21-2019, 11:39 AM   #1299
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Sears sold a variety of American Flyer sets. Unfortunately with only a few exceptions they were not included in the Sears Wish Book. That eliminates one way to document the contents of uncataloged sets made for Sears. Another way to document those sets is vintage advertising. The only ads I have copies of are those run by Gilbert. If anyone has ads run by Sears, or other retail outlets that might show these sets.
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:02 PM   #1300
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I remember well those 'Wish Books' from Sears. Aptly named.
Mom has a couple of them saved, but they are from the 60's.
It's just a shot in the dark. I knew you would know all about the history.
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